Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, January 04, 2013)
Word of the Day

rootless

Definition:(adjective) Wandering aimlessly without ties to a place or community.
Synonyms:vagabond
Usage: Away the rootless hobos shuffled, bindles over their shoulders, their only destination the shifting horizon.
Article of the Day

Chryselephantine Sculpture

Developed by the Greeks in the 6th century BCE, chryselephantine is a form of sculpture in which an inner core of wood is overlaid with ivory to simulate flesh. It is then trimmed with gold to simulate clothing and other adornments. The technique was used to make colossal religious statues for temples, but because the materials were so valuable, few examples remain intact today. There is a reproduction of one famous chryselephantine statue, the gigantic Athena Parthenos, in what US city? More...
This Day in History

Sofia Liberated from Ottoman Rule (1878)

Sofia was established as a Thracian settlement around the 8th century BCE and has since developed into a major world city and the capital of Bulgaria, due in part to its central position in the Balkans. Today it is home to attractions like the 6th century Church of St. Sofia and 15th century Banya Bashi mosque. During its long history, the city passed through the hands of the Roman, Byzantine, and Ottoman empires. After nearly 500 years of Turkish rule, Sofia was liberated by what country? More...
Today's Birthday

Sir Isaac Newton (1643)

Widely considered the greatest scientist who ever lived, Newton was an English physicist and mathematician. His most famous publication, Principia Mathematica, regarded as the seminal work of modern science, includes his works on the laws of motion, tidal theory, and the theory of universal gravitation. Newton also worked out the fundamentals of calculus, though this work went unpublished for more than 30 years. How might Newton's study of alchemy have influenced his theory of gravity? More...
Quotation of the Day
On the outskirts of every agony sits some observant fellow who points.

Virginia Woolf (1882-1941)

Today's Holiday

Feast of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton

The first native-born American to be declared a saint, Elizabeth Ann Seton (1774-1821) was canonized in 1975. She was the founder of the first religious community for women in the US, the American Sisters of Charity, and was responsible for laying the foundations of the American Catholic school system. Special services commemorating Elizabeth Ann Seton's death on January 4, 1821, are held at the Chapel of St. Joseph's Provincial House of the Daughters of Charity in Emmitsburg, Maryland, the headquarters for her order of nuns. More...
In the News

Like, I'm Just Sayin' It's Annoying, You Know?

Does hearing "whatever" or "like" make your blood boil? How about "you know" or "just sayin"? A recent Marist poll found that American adults find these to be some of the most annoying conversational words or phrases in the English language. While the disdain for "whatever" may not be surprising—this is its fourth consecutive year at the top of the list—there were some notable changes from last year's poll. "Twitterverse" and "gotcha" earned mentions in 2012, but "seriously" failed to make the cut. More...
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